All his own words

September 26, 1997

DID ROLY Cockman really say "fees will improve the screening process as they will deter students who do not have the ability for degree-level study"? (THES, September 5).

If so, does he really believe there is a correlation between level of ability and ability to pay?

For a representative of a group of employers to even think such a thing in 1997, let alone say it, is beyond belief.

John Beckett Higher education adviser William Morris Academy St Dunstan's Road London

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